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1:35 PM ET, April 9, 2009

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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Sender time zone  —  Let's say your girlfriend sends you an angry email.  It's mostly about how you behaved at the party last night and then left for a business trip without saying goodbye.  You read it from the other side of the globe, jet-lagged after a 12 hour flight.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It's Watching: Gmail Can Now Tell Which Of Your Contacts Are Awake  —  Gmail Labs continues to make an awesome product even better.  Tonight the site has introduced ‘Sender time zone’, a feature that allows users to quickly tell if their contact is likely awake or sound asleep, based on the time zone their Emails are being sent from.
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
NAND flash supply to tighten after Apple reportedly places large order  —  Apple has reportedly placed orders for 100 million 8Gb NAND flash chips mostly with Samsung Electronics, which is likely to cause a supply shortage, according to sources at downstream suppliers.
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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Apple to Bulk Up iPhone Storage, says Report  —  Apple has ordered large amounts of Flash memory to be used in a new iPhone expected in June, according to reports.  What makes this report interesting is that Apple is allegedly ordering twice as much Flash as it did last year, according to reports from DigiTimes.
Discussion: Macworld
Benjamin Wayne / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Is Doomed  —  YouTube, that incandescent tower of video Babel; monument to the sloughed-off detritus of our exponentially-exploding digital culture; a Technicolor cataract of skateboarding dogs, lip-synching college students, political punditry, and porn; has reached the zenith of its meteoric rise …
Discussion: MediaPost and Online Video Watch
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Bluetooth 3.0 Is Ready for Prime Time  —  The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is set to announce the Bluetooth 3.0 specification later this month.  Bluetooth 3.0 will feature dramatically increased speeds, allowing for the transfer of large video files, music collections and photo libraries wirelessly ‘within seconds’.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Rejects Plan to Curb Internet Piracy  —  PARIS — In a major blow for President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to crack down on Internet piracy, the French National Assembly on Thursday rejected legislation that would have cut off the Internet connections of persistent copyright violators.
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Mark Gomez / Mercury News:
Widespread phone outage in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties  —  Thousands of residents in southern Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties are without phone service this morning and can't call 911 in case of an emergency, according to law enforcement officials.
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Henry K. Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Thousands cut off from phone service
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Conficker wakes up, updates via P2P, drops payload  —  The Conficker worm is finally doing something—updating via peer-to-peer between infected computers and dropping a mystery payload on infected computers, Trend Micro said on Wednesday.  —  Researchers were analyzing the code of the software …
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BBC:
Conficker begins stealthy update
Discussion: Gizmodo
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Alert: Nokia Jumps Into Touchscreens  —  Nokia(NOK Quote) has finally embraced the touchscreen movement.  —  The Finnish phone titan has plans to introduce three devices that feature big touchscreens and so-called Qwerty keypads, according to industry sources, say analysts.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Twitter Is Huge?  Yes.  Twitter Is a Popular Marketing Tool?  Probably no.  —  Twitter sometimes looks like it has been here forever with everyone seemingly using it everywhere and for just about every purpose.  And of course we have all seen various marketing and promotion techniques employed …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
12seconds crowd-sources commercials for a business model on top of Twitter  —  While Twitter itself may not have a final business model yet, the hot thing these days is for third-parties to use the service to create their own business models.  Short-form video startup 12seconds is the latest to do this …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco to Buy Tidal as Part of Its Data Center Rush  —  Cisco this morning said it plans to acquire Tidal Software for $105 million in cash as part of its expansion into the data center.  Tidal, which raised venture money from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Panorama Capital …
Agence France Presse:
Nintendo says Wii losing luster but no price cut  —  TOKYO - Nintendo admitted Thursday that its hit Wii video game console was going through its toughest time yet in the competitive Japanese market, but it said there was no plan to cut the price.  —  “The Wii is in the most unhealthy condition since …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's still working on iChat video answering machine  —  Apple's implementation of a digital video answering machine, once destined for inclusion in an earlier version of Mac OS X, has been resurrected in a patent filing, suggesting the company may give the concept a second go in the near future.
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
Laid-off Virgin Mobile Customers to Get Free Service  —  Paying bills when you're laid off can be quite difficult (trust me, I know).  If you're a customer of Virgin Mobile, that is about to get a whole lot easier.  The company introduced a service called “Pink Slip Protection,” …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, eWeek and Gizmodo
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Is Silicon Valley a Systemic Risk?  —  Treasury decides to treat venture capitalists like hedge funds.  —  The Obama administration wants to regulate venture capital firms to prevent systemic risks.  Silicon Valley residents are scratching their heads and asking: What risks?
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Moxi's spring updates brings PlayOn, DLNA and a little home automation  —  In Digeo's latest move into the consumer DVR market it is rolling out first big update since the launch only a few months ago.  The list of additions is pretty nice, but our most anticipated feature, the Moxi-mate, is still just “coming soon.”
Bloomberg:
Sony Pictures In Talks to Post Full-Length Movies on Google's YouTube Site  —  Sony Corp.'s entertainment division said it is in talks to post movies on Google Inc.'s YouTube video-sharing Web site.  —  “We are having conversations with YouTube,” Paula Askanas, a spokeswoman …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Applications down for foreign worker visas  —  The economic downturn — and perhaps a push in Washington to protect American jobs — has turned the annual torrent of H-1B visa applications for foreign workers into a trickle.  —  For years, U.S. tech companies have lobbied for more H-1B visas …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
From Space, All Eyes on North Korea  —  While North Korea is largely inaccessible to the rest of the world, satellite images, particularly of its missile sites, have helped analysts keep close tabs on the country's activities.  —  GeoEye  —  Shots of the Musudan complex in North Korea, annotated by Jane's Information Group
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zooming In On ClosR And Zoomorama  —  To be perfectly honest, I'd never heard of Zoomorama until they commented on this post about the upcoming Web Trend Map from Information Architects.  I was planning on doing a review of the web application soon, but now a new, similar online tool called ClosR landed …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Download Squad
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Why Facebook and Twitter are aging gratefully  —  Facebook and Twitter users have wrinkles, torn hamstrings, and many, many fillings.  And increasingly, they're beginning to complain about chillblains, varicose veins, and the Social Security system.  —  In just the last two months, the number of Facebook members over 35 has doubled.
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Venture Capital Dispatch:
As VC, Google's Miner Looks Beyond Android  —  “I'm sure I'll be seeing some mobile deals,” Rich Miner allowed Tuesday at an Xconomy conference in Cambridge, Mass., where he talked about his latest assignment, running Google Inc.'s new venture capital group.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Dotcom veterans in Twitter ‘brains trust’  —  Some of the best-known names in the London dotcom world are joining forces to cash in on the popularity of Twitter, the rapidly growing social network.  —  Twitter Partners said that it will help brands, media companies and celebrities to monitor …
Discussion: Drew B's take on tech PR, Thanks:atul
Mark Redgrave / MediaPost:
Marketers Need To Understand Discussion Before Joining It  —  Online social networks are here to stay.  They've existed, in various forms, even before they were called social networks — Friendster, GeoCities, and even Yahoo Groups come to mind.  People will always want to connect and engage …
 
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Is Yahoo a Better Friend to Newspapers Than Google?
Discussion: ClickZ and Screenwerk
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook's ad pitch: Meet the ‘active network’
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Germany fines Microsoft $11.9M for anticompetitive Office pricing
Discussion: Bundeskartellamt and GMSV
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Biz Ops SVP McCombs to Tumri as CFO
Discussion: ReadWriteHire and paidContent.org
Times of India:
Email providers will need to have servers in India
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Cisco Buying Colo Space In Third Party Data Centers, Says It's For New CDN Offering
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